Monday, December 14, 2009

Bloggers Taking Action: Pencils Of Promise

A couple of weeks ago, the lovely Paloma Contreras of La Dolce Vita asked me if I would be interested in helping her raise awareness for a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity that helps to build early-stage education schools in developing and impoverished countries. I checked out the Pencils of Promise website, and I was more than eager to lend my support.

There are more then 75 million children living in desperate situations. This time of year, we can easily lose sight of important global issues. Please take a couple of minutes to read this post.

Last December, the Pencils of Promise team visited a small village in Laos and by July 2009, they had built a new school for the village children who started attending classes on September 1st. This month, Pencils of Promise will be opening their third school and they hope to open the doors to education for more children in 2010.

Our goal today is raise funds to build safe, legitimate housing for the female children of Laos in order for them to have the opportunity to further their education. Currently, some parents are unwilling to send their kids to school because of how dangerous the bamboo dormitory huts are. This dormitory Pencils of Promise hopes to build will accommodate about 200 Laotian girls.

Our Blogger Collaborative Project will benefit the females students of Champet, a village in Laos that is home to the only high school in the area for surrounding villages. In order to attend this high school, the students must leave their families and homes to live in dormitories. PoP wants to point out that girls are moving and living in these unsafe dormitories which consists of make shift bamboo huts in order to get an education.

In the spirit of the holiday season, we are asking for your help today on behalf of these children. Just think of the enormous impact we could have if each person who reads this post donates just $1.00. If you are willing and able to give more (35.00 buys shelves for a classroom, $50 provides pencils for one year, $100 provides a teacher’s salary for three months and so on), it would be greatly appreciated. We are in the midst of the giving season and hope that you will find it in your heart to make a donation to this worthy cause today.

I you would like to stay informed about the difference Pencils of Promise is making, be sure to become a fan on their Facebook page.

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